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The power of place.
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PMID:  12809633     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
OBJECTIVE: to describe the power that 'place' holds over the postnatal-care experiences of women. DESIGN: a study informed by phenomenology within a feminist framework was undertaken to examine the experiences of women electing early postnatal discharge. Three extended conversations with each woman participating in the study were audiotaped and transcribed. Journal notes made by the researcher added to the audiotaped data. Thematic analysis revealed major structures of experience. SETTING: data were obtained from conversations with women in their respective homes. PARTICIPANTS: five women, parity 1-3, living in the Sydney metropolitan area and birthing in their local hospitals participated in the study. FINDINGS: four major constructs of experience were revealed through analysis and include spatiality, corporeality, temporality and relationality. In this paper, components of spatiality expressed through the power place exerts in matters of physical environment,control, confidence, safety, time, talk and the heart of the matter are presented. KEY CONCLUSIONS: the experiences of women entering the foreign place of hospital to birth their children were those of alienation and disempowerment while the familiar territory of home offered stronger feelings of security and support. IMPLICATIONS FOR PRACTICE: failing to recognise the impact of place on the experiences of postnatal women reduces the likelihood that midwives will be able to offer sensitive and appropriate care.
Lin R Lock; Heather J Gibb
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Midwifery     Volume:  19     ISSN:  0266-6138     ISO Abbreviation:  Midwifery     Publication Date:  2003 Jun 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2003-06-17     Completed Date:  2003-09-09     Revised Date:  2009-11-03    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8510930     Medline TA:  Midwifery     Country:  Scotland    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  132-9     Citation Subset:  N    
Faculty of Nursing, Midwifery & Health, University of Technology, Sydney, Lindfield, NSW, Australia.
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MeSH Terms
House Calls
Length of Stay*
Mother-Child Relations
New South Wales
Nurse-Patient Relations
Patient Satisfaction
Patients' Rooms
Personal Autonomy
Postnatal Care / ethics,  methods,  psychology*
Qualitative Research
Spatial Behavior*

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